Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince has said the club must be regretting not pushing ahead with a move for Jack Grealish, despite the heavy links to him during the summer.
The Englishman appears to be evolving into one of the best midfielders in the game today, after impressing last season.
United had been touted to be keen on the player’s signature, but his £80 million asking fee proved too much for them to pay.
Grealish has since penned an extension with Aston Villa, and with his form improving by the day, many believe he will even be harder to get now.
So far this season, the Villa captain has scored four goals, with six assists from just seven games, and Ince believes he may be the one that got away for Man United.
Speaking recently on the Gary Newbon Sports show on Punching.TV, he said of the Aston Villa star, “I don’t like it when people parallel you with someone else but I know people will. I know Bryan Robson said something the other day about Gazza and Jack Grealish, I mean Jack has done well and to be fair he has been brilliant for Villa.
“When Villa nearly went down last season I thought he was going to move on to another club, I know Tottenham were keen to take him and Manchester United. I bet they wish they took him now because he’s been absolutely sensational.
“Jack’s his own player, he’s grown into his game, the way he carries the ball, he’s got great balance. Does it remind me of Gazza? Yes and no, I wouldn’t like to compare the two.
“You’re right that Jack’s got a long way to go but he certainly looks that type of player, the way he sets people up and he’s got two good feet and he’s got great balance and a great touch but he’s got a long way to go before we start connecting him with Paul Gascoigne that’s for sure.
“Gazza could control a game and dictate a game. He would play a game at his own pace and he would decide whether to be in gear one, two, three, four or five and I think you do see that with Jack Grealish at times, he will decide when he needs to step up a gear and he will be get better as he gets older.
“But the thing is with Gazza, people would man mark him or double mark him and it wouldn’t be a problem. Eventually people will look at Jack Grealish and see him as a threat in the England team and it’s how he deals with that.”
Ince however, had a negative thing to say about Grealish though, adding, “The only thing about Jack is I wish he’d stay on his feet a bit more. That’s the only kind of negative thing I’d say about Jack because sometimes he gets a touch and he goes flying.
“The amount of tackles Gazza used to ride, people used to kick him and trip his feet and I would love to see Jack do that a bit more. That’s the only thing, apart from that Jack is a wonderful player and it’s amazing how long it took him to get into the England side, at times he couldn’t even get in the squad but now he’s a regular and doing really well.”